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An Edwardian Summer

Sydney and Beyond Through the Lens of Arthur Wigram Allen

written by Judith Ainge, Alan Davies, Howard Tanner

Historic Houses Trust NSW | ISBN 9781876991395

Hardback – 148 pages

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Sydney lawyer and identity Arthur Wigram Allen, a tirelessly enthusiastic photographer, was fascinated by the social and technological changes occurring during his lifetime. His talent for amateur photography produced extraordinary pictures that offer a fresh insight into the Edwardian years in Australia. The Edwardian era was sandwiched between the great achievements of the Victorian age and the global catastrophe of World War I. The death of Queen Victoria in January 1901 heralded a new century of significant inventions and social changes, including powered flight, the rise of the motorcar and a new federated Australia. An Edwardian Summer presents a selection of Arthur Allen's beautiful images, depicting intimate moments with family and friends, motoring and harbour excursions, theatrical celebrities, bush picnics, the introduction of surf bathing on Sydney beaches, processions and new freedoms in fashion. Together they form an unrivalled personal pictorial record of these rapidly changing times.

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